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Community meeting to discuss Salem vision-

Community activists will meet 6:30 on Friday, October 18 at Salem’s Grand Theater to discuss new ways Salem is developing and changing.  Topics will include a possible expansion of Riverfront Park, Pringle Creek and the prospective $65 Million transformation of City Hall.

“There have been no public hearings on these proposals,” says citizen’s advocate, Richard Reid, who hopes the meeting will stir interest and involvement.

The organizers say the City of Salem has excluded citizens from decisions on matters like these, such as the recent proposed apartment complex near Riverfront Park, whose only access would have been the cramped roadway to the Riverfront Park Carousel.

These organizers say the meeting will allow citizens the chance to “discuss these issues so we can tell City Council what we think.”

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  1. The Salem Community Vision meeting on October 18 was a success. About 50 people turned out to hear a presentation and to voice their concerns about the proposal to build a new Police station and upgrade the Civic Center. In general the audience members were supportive of making the City buildings safe for staff and visitors. They were not so keen on the idea of spending money on a new Police building, however. Most support the idea of doing the seismic upgrades now and then look for an existing building to convert for the police. In any event the group is now forming themselves into a formal group to continue to work on openness at City Hall. Anyone interested in learning more about the group can send an e-mail to salemcommunityvision@yahoo.com, or they can find them on Facebook to follow their activities.

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